Radovan; Low Contact

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Copper, Silver, Arsenic, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001029
MRDS ID A011703
Record type Site
Current site name Radovan; Low Contact
Alternate or previous names Radovan Group: Low Contact claims

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -142.37357, 61.40162 (WGS84)
Relative position Near top of Radovan Glacier. Best location: MacKevett and Smith, 1972. Accurate within radius of 100 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Silver Secondary
Arsenic Secondary
Antimony Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcocite Ore
Chalcopyrite Ore
Realgar Ore
Stibnite Ore
Calcite Gangue
Dolomite Gangue
Epidote Gangue
Marcasite Gangue
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 87
USGS model code 23
BC deposit profile D03
Deposit model name Basaltic Cu (BC name is Volcanic redbed Cu)
Mark3 model number 118

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metavolcanic Rock > Mafic Metamorphic Rock > Greenstone
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Triassic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Late Triassic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Carbonate > Limestone

Nearby scientific data

(1) -142.37357, 61.40162

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Brecciated fault zone, separating Triassic Nikolai Greenstone and Chitistone Limestone, contains sporadically distributed chalcocite, chalcopyrite, pyrite, marcasite, and realgar, and subordinate orpiment and stibnite. In one outcrop, veins of chalcocite 1 to 6 in wide occur over a surface area of 50 sq. ft. Fault zone stikes N 25 E, dips 70-75 SE, and has a vertical displacement of 1000 ft.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Nizina

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Explored by surface trenches and 2 short adits.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011703
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF MC160

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Miller, D.J., 1946, Copper deposits of the Nizina district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 947F, p. 93-120.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., 1952, Geology of the Nelson and Radovan copper prospects, Glacier Creek, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 61, 18 p.

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., and Cobb, E.H., 1967, Metalliferous Lode Deposits of Alaska. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1246, 254 p.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., 1970, Geology of the McCarthy B-4 quadrangle: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1333, 31 p.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Smith, J.G., 1972, Geologic map of the McCarthy B-4 quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map GQ-943, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., 1976, Mineral deposits and occurrences in the McCarthy quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-773-B, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Sainsbury, 1952

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Basaltic Cu ?
Deposit Other Comments = Prospect active in 1976. See also: Radovan: Greenstone claim prospect (MC078) which occurs along same fault zone.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-NOV-1997 Leonard, K.R. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 10-NOV-1997 Elliott, R.L. U.S. Geological Survey
Reporter 10-NOV-1997 Richter, D.H. U.S. Geological Survey